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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ah, the Irony, the Irony

Dan DeVaul. County Jail. Dan DeVaul. County Jail. Hmmmm, can there be an interesting connection, some six degrees of separation? Well, yes, according to Ron Crawford over at http://www.sewerwatch.blogspot.com./

Media Actually Does Matter

If you haven’t already put them on your “favorite places, do so: http://www.mediamatters.org/. Critical group since media actually does matter so it’s important to have somebody taking a close look.

Parks Actually Matter, Too

While Sacramento legislators stay stupid and locked in their various ideological battles, I’m going to at least vote for Prop 21, which will cost me a small $18 yearly dink when I register my car next year, but that will get desperately needed money to our State Parks for desperately needed repairs. The ballot measure isn’t perfect, but our dysfunctional legislature won’t do anything about this, so I figure $18 a year is a total bargain if it keeps these treasures – our State Parks – up and running and there for all of us and for those who come after us.

Bill Maher’s New Rule

Yet another dreary story in the L.A. Times about a bible thumping preacher who “declared that his church had created a ministry that ‘delivered’ people from homosexuality.” Yeah, you guessed it. He’s accused of molesting young teen male church members.

Hence comedian Bill Maher’s “New Rule.” If a preacher carries on about homosexuals . . . he’s gay.

Actually, that rule should apply to most everyone who gets all worked up over human sexuality in general. Exceptions: protecting children from predators, keeping Republicans away from farm animals since an alarming number of conservative, "family-values" Republican pols seem to reference that activity a lot, especially when talking about slippery slopes, going from Gays in the Military to Sex With A Cow in an eyeblink. And, of course, violence and coercion never get a pass. But other than that, when it comes to what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms, Jeeze, get a grip.

And remember Bill’s New Rule.

Ya Better Not Laugh, Ya Better Not Cry . .

Yes, I know, it’s 114’ and the pavement’s melting and dogs’ tongues are hanging out and we’re all praying for rain. Or a breeze. Just one breeze that doesn’t feel like it’s coming from a convection oven.

However, the holidays are coming and if you have any dog lovers on your list, drop by Paso Pups’ great website at http://www.parks4pups.org/ and scroll down to the bottom and take a look at their new calendar. The photos were taken during “Splash Days” wherein the Parks 4 Pups group reserves the local pool and dog park members, and all others, can reserve a time for their dogs to dive in. The photo on the cover of the 2011 calendar is reason enough to order one. Guaranteed to make you smile every time you look at the calendar. They’re $13.50 and you can get ordering information at the website.

So, dive in!

Come on Out For Some Eats!

SLO-4-PUPs, the group that started the County’s very first off-leash dog park, will be celebrating it’s 9th anniversary, Sunday, Oct 3, at El Chorro Dog Park (off highway 1 across from Cuesta College) with a hot dog BBQ and a dedication for our new entryway. (Full disclosure: I serve on the Board.) The beautiful entry, constructed by R.J. Barrett, was made possible by a donation from Chris Boyle to honor her late Aunt, Lee Boyle. The event will run from 10 – 2, with the dedication ceremony between 11-11:30, BBQ and cake to follow.

Bring your dog and if you don’t have a dog, come anyway.

32 comments:

Ron said...

Ann writes

"Dan DeVaul. County Jail. Dan DeVaul. County Jail. Hmmmm, can there be an interesting connection, some six degrees of separation?"

Yep, and it's more like zero degrees of separation.

Which is why it took me about 30 seconds to find the name and email address of DeVaul's attorney, and send him this:

Hello Mr. Belsher,

Yesterday (Monday), I published a story on my blog, SewerWatch, that shows that the SLO County Board of Supervisors are doing exactly what they are accusing your client, Dan DeVaul, of doing -- violating building codes.

It's at this link:

http://sewerwatch.blogspot.com/

The "story" is in the form of a letter to several local personal injury attorneys.

I just thought that you might find it interesting.

Thanks,
Ron


And, looking at all of those noisy wingnuts on that mediamatters site [Limbaugh: "You can either have Obama and the Democrats or America. You can't have both." There's like, five things wrong in that one line. Wow... so stupid, yet, so rich. Welcome to the Republican party, I guess], that reminds me, in case you haven't heard, Jon Stewart's hosting a "Rally to Restore Sanity" in D.C. on 10/30/10.

Thanks again for the link, Ann.

M said...

Isn't Bill Maher just as extreme for your side as Limbaugh is extreme for the other side? I'm sorry, but I can't pay any attention to someone that only picks on one side. I'm sure someone like Michael Savage is too extreme for you all, but at least he bombast both sides of the political fence.
Sincerely, M

Mike said...

Hi M. You're beginning to see this "blog" for what it is.

M said...

Well Mike, when Ann speaks about most other things besides the sewer it makes me want to stab my eye out. Our sewer though, I pretty much agree with her.
Sincerely, M

Mike said...

M, just don't be taken in by her sewer rhetoric. She not nearly as knowledgeable of waste water treatment systems nor government permit process as she believes she is. Hope you aren't listening to Al or Julie either, just extreme dreams with no substance.

Watershed Mark said...

http://alcuinbramerton.blogspot.com/2010/04/altnews4-httpalcuinbramerton.html

Alon Perlman said...

Just to keep things Fair and Balanced©

Churadogs said...

Unlike Limbaugh, Maher actually does his homework. And you're clearly unfamiliar with his political placement -- he's self identified as a progressive libertarian when it comes to social issues, and a conservative when it comes to money issues. In addition, in his political commentary he regularly and gleefully bashes Dems for being big "[unprintable word]-ies." Suggest you watch (on HBO) his "Real Time." His discussion panels with and among his conservative and liberal guests are most interesting. And he has no problem interruption rhetoric to introduce facts then demend they be dealth with. Which often shuts up a lot of bloviating guests (left and right) Plus, unlike Limbaugh, Maher actually is a comedian, and a very pointed funny one at that. And, unlike Limbaugh and Savage, while he's sharp and funny, he's not bone-ugly mean and bigoted, as Limbaugh and Savage are.

And, Mike, awww, you're making stuff up again.

Ron said...

M writes:

"Isn't Bill Maher just as extreme for your side..."

Just to be clear, I don't have a side.

As I've written many times, my presidential election tradition over the past 15 - 20 years, is to take the "I voted" sticker, and put it on top of my dog's head (great fun, by the way), and vote Nader. (And, I will point out, had y'all been doin' the same, we wouldn't be in this mess right now.)

Don't blame me, I voted Nader!

Then there's our Gov. S., whom I like. Yep, I'm a fan of the way he governs. (Signing SB 959 is a perfect example. He was under pressure from the dumb Repub to NOT sign that law, but he knew it was the right thing to do. So he did it. I like stuff like that.)

And, I've never seen a Bill Maher show (not one), but I'm pretty sure he'd never say something this stupid:

"You can either have Obama and the Democrats or America. You can't have both."

Speaking of SB 959... apparently my story is starting to get some traction, finally.

From today's Trib:

" Their plans for addressing overcrowding in the woman’s jail: Cortez said alternatives, such as work release and home detention programs, need to be studied. He also suggested county officials work with Santa Barbara on helping expand its proposed new jail to house some of San Luis Obispo County’s inmates. Parkinson said plans for the jail can’t be put off..."

Well, lookee here, an actual difference:

Parkinson is in favor of spending some $118,000 per year per over-the-limit inmate (non-violent woman inmate, I will add), and Cortez is in favor of my proposal -- SB 959 -- where those 30 (on average) non-violent women inmates are professionally monitored from home at a cost of about $4,000 per year.

Chief Cortez, needless to say, you have just won my vote.

Ron said...

Speakin' of my boi...

Published just yesterday:

RALPH NADER: Why say yes to the party of no?

Soooo gooood. Sooooo smart, and an excellent writer.

Highlights:

"8. Have the Congressional Republicans ever challenged the bloated, wasteful, contractor-corrupt military budget that makes up half of the entire government’s discretionary budget?

Even the Congress’s own auditing agency—the Government Accountability Office (GAO) declares the Pentagon budget unauditable.
"

and;

... how are Republicans seen by the polls as front runners in the upcoming election?

The answer my friends, is not in the stars. The answer is in the clueless and spineless Democrats, busily dialing for the same corporate campaign dollars.

The other answer is in the ten percent of the actual voters who need to seriously avail themselves of the facts and a modicum of thought. For if they don’t, they will continue to pay bills handed to them and their children by their ruling corporatists in Republican clothing.
"

"Clueless and spineless Democrats, busily dialing for the same corporate campaign dollars."

God, I love 'im.

Ann, he also mentions:

"Republicans, led by Senator Richard Shelby and his banking friends, declared their adamant opposition to Professor Elizabeth Warren becoming head of the new consumer financial regulation agency... Ms. Warren has a solid record of exposing and communicating clearly to families the tricks and traps of credit card companies, mortgage firms, and intermediaries that have taken so many billions of consumer dollars with impunity."

Didn't you write about that recently?

Mike said...

In light of the recent threads on this blog, perhaps the sewerwatch blog should stick to his own blog and not copy and paste here... if I wanted to read his stuff, I would go there, not here... but then maybe copies of Limbaugh's stuff be welcomed here also...???

Churadogs said...

Nader is right on the key point that this system is corrupt yet nobody wants to deal with fixing the basic system. Instead, everything will now just get worse thanks to the recent Supreme Court Ruling on campaing $$ and corporate personhood, etc. It's starting now with anonymous, no-requirement-to-report-out donations to "issues" PACS, so the notion the Supremes had that corporations would have to identify their money is already being bypassed. Welcome to Corporate Nation: The finest government money can buy.

And instead of serious discussion about this busted system, we just scream about killing granny and getting our guns.

M said...

And exactly what role can we play in fixing the system? Voting in candidates that will fix it? Since their all bought and paid for how does that work? Didn't Nancy Pelosi say we will have to pass the health care bill to find out what is in it? What? Once again you slay all those on the right and corporations and leave the Democrats untouched. I would have to search the archives to find anything disparaging you have ever said about Democrats.
Sincerely, M

Ron said...

Ann writes:

"thanks to the recent Supreme Court Ruling on campaing $$"

Gotta point it out: A ruling that, likely, would have never happened had Nader had the opportunity to appoint Supreme Court Justices for eight years.

M. writes:

"I would have to search the archives to find anything disparaging you have ever said about Democrats."

Or, you could scroll up this thread to where I quote Nader:

"Clueless and spineless Democrats, busily dialing for the same corporate campaign dollars."

And, another Nader quote from his piece, that goes straight to Ann's piece she posted today:

"The other answer is in the ten percent of the actual voters who need to seriously avail themselves of the facts and a modicum of thought."

Another thing I love about Ralph? He's a tremendous smack-runner!

"... ten percent of the actual voters who need to seriously avail themselves of the facts and a modicum of thought?"

Ahahahaha. Great! That's Grade-A/Prime smack!

Yep, ol' Ralph's definitely NOT a "[unprintable word]."

M said...

I'm talking about stuff Ann has written.
Sincerely, M

Watershed Mark said...

Rush Limbaugh: Bill Maher 'was right'
Radio legend jumps to defense of 'Politically Incorrect' host

Posted: November 09, 2001


Limbaugh went on to explain what specifically he thought got Maher into trouble.

"He used the word 'we,' implying the American people, when he said 'we' are cowards. The American people cannot order a cruise missile launch. There's only one man who can order a cruise missile launch – the guy who gave the speech in Georgetown last night [Bill Clinton].

"Had he said, 'The commander in chief' had engaged in something cowardly, he wouldn't have gotten in trouble at all. But when he used the word 'we,' that brought in the specter of the entire American population. The American people are not cowards, especially in a situation like this when they've got no say-so in the matter. But even at that, Maher has said far more controversial, crazy things [than] this," Limbaugh stated.

Limbaugh's analysis echoes what Maher himself had said in what appeared to be an apology during the Sept. 19 broadcast of "Politically Incorrect."

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=11612

Churadogs said...

M sez:"I'm talking about stuff Ann has written."

You need to go back and do some re-reading. Republicans have been in charge of everything for 8 years and during that time have put into place policies (and judges) that have helped drive this country to its knees. They were helped along by a goodly number of Corporate Democrats and by voters who believed Reagan's fake "trickle-down" theories (Even David Stockman, it's inventor, recanted, but it was too late. The destruction of the middle class has already started.) and bought into the Grover Norquistian nonsense that you can run a country on fumes.

If I criticze Republicans its because they're still in power, having been joined by Corporate Democrats (that's why you didn't get your "public option," in the Health Care bill. And why you'll not see "real" change anytime soon -- not to mention that the American people themselves are nuts, i.e. I want health care reform BUT don't touch MY policy! Sorry, You get "reform" or you get" status quo," but you don't get both.)

In more recent smacks, I refer to Congress as being the finest body money can buy, and repeatedly have used the term Corporate Pols, because that's now what "the average citizen" is up against -- a corporate oligarchy that owns our government -- because we keep voting them into office.

The Razor said...

The GOP establishment has, essentially, run this country into the ground.

When you look at the "trickle-down" economic theory, you start to see that supporters of this theory heavily rely on the assumption that our nation's most prosperous citizens are altruistic by design when that's clearly not the case.

CEOs of the nation's largest banks have earned a whopping $1.9 billion in salaries in 2009 with federal assistance (TARP, etc.) and bailout funds. Where's the trickle-down?

1 out of 200 homes will be foreclosed upon. One child in every classroom in America will lose their home because his/her parents will be unable to pay their mortgage -- and these numbers are rising daily. Where's the relief from the bailed-out top income-earning bracket? Where's the benefactors of Bush's tax cuts coming to the aid of the middle-class?

Nowhere to be found.

Spectator said...

Whenever Churadogs or Razor disagree with a policy or opinion, the person writing it is a bigot or racist. And then there are the Republicans dealing in bestiality according to ANN. A Joke? How many male dogs do you own ANN? (Joke)

Razor: If you had a job at the time of the Bush tax cuts, you would have seen the difference. If you have a job, you are getting the benefits now. Do you have a job? Check out what will happen to you if the tax cuts slide into oblivion. And for what?

Spectator said...

Ron: I respect Nader! I could never vote for him: he is an avowed communist, and that system has not worked except for nuns and monks.

It is the slime who will not express their beliefs that I cannot stand. They make me want to take an Obama.

Mike said...

aaron will never have to worry about property sales taxes or foreclosures as he will never own real property unless mommy or daddy leave him something. he might actually have to get a job before attempting to qualify for a bank loan. guess that would also rule out any form of social security. but he will continue to play like he knows something about law. opps, he has no education either. guess mommy and dady will be stuck wth him a long time.

The Razor said...

Oh "Mike," you're so cranky. Would a rattle, a bib and some animal crackers make you feel better?

Mike said...

wouldn't want to take any of your toys... guess the truth is something you're not used to..???

The Razor said...

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Those who live across from glass houses shouldn't throw stones either.

Mike said...

WOW... what intelligence... your mommy should be proud... What I can't stand about you aaron is your unfounded arrogance... You have had more than enough time to have applied yourself to a college degree since being brought to SLO by your parents, but you are apparently too lazy to get beyond a thesaurus... you aren't even a good schoolyard bully, just an uneducated, inexperienced leech...!!!

Churadogs said...

John sez:"And then there are the Republicans dealing in bestiality according to ANN. A Joke?"

Actually, it wasn't a joke. It was several republican congressfolk/senators (including Bill Frist, if memory serves) standing on the floor of the House declaring adamantly that gay marriage will lead to man on dog action. I don't recall any Democratic congressperson bringing that topic up during floor discussion. It was entirely in the brain of Republican speakers and "conservative" preachers who are apparently obsessed with men having sex with animals whenever the subject of gay marriage or Don't ask/ Don't Tell comes up. And don't look at me, that notion sure wasn't in my brain either when I wrote pieces supporting gay marriage or DA/DT. What comes out of these Republican/Preacher Men's heads is a constant astonishment to me. As is, Eeeeuuuuuu.What's THAT all about, hmmmm?

For example, John also sez, apropos the sex with dogs reference: "How many male dogs do you own ANN? (Joke)"

See? That image isn't anything that's wandering around inside MY head, but it sure is in John's head. Eeeuuuu, now what's all THAT about, John, Hmmmm?

While mike sez:"aaron will never have to worry about property sales taxes or foreclosures as he will never own real property unless mommy or daddy leave him something. he might actually have to get a job before attempting to qualify for a bank loan. guess that would also rule out any form of social security. but he will continue to play like he knows something about law. opps, he has no education either. guess mommy and dady will be stuck wth him a long time."

Is that the same anonymous Mike who whines about people who come on this blog to make ad hominem attacks on other commentors? Just askin'

The Razor said...

Ann, New York's Tea Party candidate Carl Paladino has actually sent e-mails with videos depicting bestiality.

Churadogs said...

Razor sez:"Ann, New York's Tea Party candidate Carl Paladino has actually sent e-mails with videos depicting bestiality."

I rest my case. What's with these guys? "Christian family values" in public, while God knows what weird, sick stuff is sloshing around in their brains. Eeeuuuuuu.

The Razor said...

The invocation of "Christian family values" is just another euphemism for "do as I say, not as I do."

Watershed Mark said...

Cameras rolling, finger waving, lip curling eyebrow furling: "I never had sex, with that woman, Monica Lewinsky"

BWAHAHAHAHA! I can see November 2nd. from my front porch.

The Razor said...

Cameras rolling, finger waving, lip curling eyebrow furling: "I never had sex, with that woman, Callista Bisek."

"[Newt] Gingrich acknowledges he was having an extramarital affair even as he pushed for the impeachment of President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair."

Source: AP. "Gingrich admits affair during Clinton impeachment." Frederick News-Post. Frederick, Maryland. 3/10/2007. pg. A-10.

Immorality is not Democrat exclusive.

Mike said...

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